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Cut the Fluff (and Other Keys to Concise Writing)

Writing concisely has immeasurable benefits. Whether you’re trying to give your audience the biggest bang for their buck, hold the attention of a distracted reader, or cram as much value or knowledge as possible into an allotted word count on an exam or scholarship essay, each word that you write should have value and meaning that earns its spot on the page.

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Aunt Jodie’s Guide: Evolving youth literature…one book at a time

The following article is based on a conversation with Jordan Bell, author of Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution. (Cover photo credit: Ian Bell) When a dear friend of mine welcomed her first granddaughter, she reached out to me for book recommendations. A brilliant, grounded, and socially conscious intellectual, she wanted to share with her young…
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Check your Sources, and Check them Often: 4 Common Myths about Plagiarism

That’s right. It’s time to talk about the P-word. Plagiarism. The “Mufasa” (*shudder*) of academic writing. We’ve heard of it and know enough to avoid it like the plague. But…what is it, really? Most of us are aware of this career ruining, credibility wrecking beast, but few can identify the sneaky ways that plagiarism can…
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4 Must-Have Digital Marketing Tools for Beginners

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. See disclosure here. If you are new to the world of digital marketing, all the terminology and hype can be overwhelming. I know. I’ve been there. As a business owner, and as someone whose business focuses on helping other businesses increase their visibility, sales, and client base, I’ve…
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6 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Writing in Under an Hour

We’ve all been there. That article/essay/proposal deadline is looming, and it’s crunch time. There’s no time for another draft, and that piece of writing Must. Be. Sent. Time to panic, right? Wrong. Enter these quick fix tips to give your draft a 15-minute face lift before you click that Submit button. Now, I will be…
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Minnows Don’t Grow on Trees: 5 Lessons I Learned from My Dad

My dad has been my biggest supporter in following my dream to run my own business, so I find it most fitting that the inaugural post of Office Hours, The Pocket-Sized Professor blog, should be dedicated to him. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s not your go-to guy for writing help, but none…
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